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Book and Media Reviews
April 2, 2008

Sleep Disorders: Their Impact on Public Health

JAMA. 2008;299(13):1612-1613. doi:10.1001/jama.299.13.1612

This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date text describing the effects that numerous sleep disorders have on the health system and society. Although various reference books on sleep medicine now exist, none have better outlined the direct impact these sleep disorders have on the varied facets of public health and patient quality of life, including disruption of work, school, and long-term health. Perhaps more importantly, the editors emphasize how a greater understanding of sleep medicine can improve some of the world's troubles by shaping public policy. The editors assemble a collection of respected sleep specialists from around the world to help compose the various chapters.